One Olajumon Akanmu, 38, on Thursday in Lagos, appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly obtaining N1.5 million under the pretext of procuring Saudi visa for his victim.

The prosecutor, ASP Ezekiel Ayorinde, said that the defendant committed the offences on June 25, 2018 at Akesan, Igando, Lagos.

He said that Akanmu obtained N1.5 million from Mrs Titilayo Abubakar under the pretext of helping her to obtain Saudi Arabia travel documents.

“The accused presented himself as Saudi Arabia Hajj agent and he charged the complainant N1.5 million for the service.

“After collecting the money, he refused to process the documents; whenever the complainant called him for update, he threatened to eliminate her if she continues to demand for her money.

“Efforts made to get the money back after the complainant had missed the Hajj proved abortive, as the accused stopped picking his client’s calls.

“The case was reported to the police who later arrested the accused and was charged to court,” the prosecutor said.

According to Ayorinde, the offences contravene Section 287 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Section 287 carries three years jail term for stealing while section 314 attracts 14 years for obtaining money under false pretences.

Akanmu, who resides at Ota, Ogun, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him.

Magistrate Mrs B.O Osunsanmi, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

Osunsanmi said that the sureties should be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

She adjourned the case until Jan. 30 for mention. (NAN)